Smelly sandwiches, smacking sounds and other tales of eating at one's desk

Aug. 24, 2011 at 4:27 PM ET

Between the weak economy and the high unemployment rate, it’s not surprising that many people are choosing to eat at their desks rather than take a proper lunch break.

But there can be downsides to sharing your sandwich with your keyboard and spreadsheets.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday on the office annoyances that come with a cubicle farm full of eaters: The yucky smells, unappetizing sounds and potential for spills. (Some of our own staffers share their lunchtime horror stories.)

Is it worth it?

The Wall Street Journal quotes one expert who says taking a break might actually leave you more energized, boosting output.